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Sam Trejo, Princeton University

My school district isn't segregated: Experimental evidence on the effect of information on parental preferences regarding school segregation
When Apr 03, 2023
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where In-person / hybrid
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

American public schools are increasingly segregated by income, resulting in substantial educational inequality among U.S. schoolchildren. We conduct a nationally representative survey to explore the relationship between parental beliefs about and preferences regarding school segregation. Using experimental manipulation, we test if learning about levels of school segregation in their local school district affects a parent’s attitudes and preferences regarding school segregation. In doing so, our study helps elucidate whether disagreement with respect to segregation-reducing policies stems from differences in parental beliefs about the extent of segregation in their district or from differences in parental preferences given existing levels of segregation. We find that parents hold largely inaccurate beliefs about local segregation levels and on average underestimate the economic segregation in their district. However, information treatments that correct inaccurate beliefs do little to influence support for policies to reduce segregation.

About the Speaker

Sam Trejo

Sam Trejo is a sociologist interested in how social and biological factors jointly shape human development across the life-course. He specializes in quasi-experimental, computational, and biosocial quantitative methods, and his research typically utilizes large administrative datasets and longitudinal studies containing molecular genetic data. One branch of his research surrounds polygenic scores, measures meant to summarize a person's genetic predisposition for a train (ranging from height to depression to cognitive ability). He studies how the social environment mediates, moderates, and confounds associations between genes and outcomes.  Another strand of his research leverages both field and natural experiments to explore the processes that produce educational and health inequality, with an emphasis on the reciprocal relationship between education and health.

Seminar Format

Location IN PERSON: 1101 Morrill Hall.  We are requesting advanced registration so that we can track capacity.  Please use this link to RSVP.

Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: The Zoom Registration link. Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar. 

COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Spring 2023 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols

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